The inaugural “Wolf Ride Bike Share Challenge” has officially come to an end following one of the most successful months for Wolf Ride Bike Share ridership. After a tally by the Office of Sustainability, the Challenge’s first champion is David Zheng, who finished with a ride time of 5 hours and 9 minutes. The second and third place finishers were Benny Yang and Nicole Chan. Each top 3 finisher won the Wolf Ride Bike Challenge grand prize, which included a new bike helmet, t-shirt, hat and travel mug.
During the month of October, students were encouraged to rent bikes from Stony Brook University’s bike share stations as a sustainable way of moving around campus. Individual rides were only recorded if the student’s total ride time lasted under an hour, the length of time in which Wolf Ride bikes are free to use. At the end of the Challenge, each student’s ride time was calculated by the Office of Sustainability to determine the three highest cumulative ride times.
While 2016 was the debut year for the Wolf Ride Bike Share Challenge, student participation already indicates the Challenge’s significant success. As a whole, Stony Brook University’s student body rented 1,289 Wolf Ride bikes for a collective ride time of 293 hours and 21 minutes. On average, the Wolf Ride Bike Share system was used almost 42 times per day, and each single ride lasted for an average of 13 minutes. These statistics represent the best month of October for the Wolf Ride Bike Share system in its short history, beating the previous monthly high by more than 400 rides.
October is dedicated as Sustainability Month by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate the University’s bike share program, which represents one of the most sustainable alternative modes of transportation on campus. First introduced in April 2013, the Wolf Ride Bike Share has expanded to 12 stations and 78 bikes across the entire main campus.
Initiatives like the Wolf Ride Bike Share are being implemented to help the University reduce its carbon footprint and do its part to provide a healthy environment for all. With the help of committed student leaders like David Zheng, Benny Yang and Nicole Chan, Stony Brook is well on its way to accomplishing this task.
— Ryan Wolf